It’s probably nothing close to surprising, but it appears that Brad Smith has nailed down the starting kick return job for the 2011 season.
That according to Buffalo’s updated depth chart, which has Smith listed first with C.J. Spiller as the second returner. Smith was second in the league in kick return average last season with 28.6 yards per return. Only Baltimore’s David Reed had a higher average (29.3), but he had less than half the return attempts (21) of Smith (50) last season. Two of Smith’s returns last season went for touchdowns including a 97-yarder.
Keep in mind however, that from the very first day of training camp, head coach Chan Gailey saw a role for both Smith and Spiller on kickoff return.
“I definitely see both of them in that role,” said Gailey back in late July. ”It will be interesting to see how kickoff returns work out with the rule changes.”
Hopefully there are enough opportunities for Buffalo’s returners to improve the offense’s drive start average this season.
Tags: Brad Smith, C.J. Spiller
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